It can be hard for children to be cooped up in the house on a rainy day when all they want to do is play outside, and this makes it hard for parents, too! But who said you can’t have fun indoors? London offers a variety of different places that you should check out the next time the rain keeps you inside.
Imagine someone gathering all the produce you need for the week for you and placing it conveniently in a box to pick up, or better yet, bringing it right to your doorstep. Imagine if the items in that box were organic, local, and fresh. The Food Box Project is a project that hopes to bridge the gap between the farm and your family’s dining room table. They want to make it easier for families to access clean, wholesome and organic food, without adding to families already hectic schedules.
Each week, the Food Box Project places an order with a distributor based on the number of interested members. Once the order comes in, the Food Box Project divides the produce up equally among the ordered boxes and heads to two different locations where members can pick up their boxes. The Food Box project chooses the produce selections based on seasonal availability and nutritional variety.
Mini boxes are $30. These boxes are suitable for small families or individuals. Large boxes are $50, and these boxes are suitable for families of 3+. Mini boxes have all the same items as the large boxes, just in lesser quantity. For example, while a large box may have 8-10 peaches, a small box will have 3-5. While the box contents will vary each week, a list is always provided on the website so you are aware of what you are ordering. A list of produce that would be in the box for the week that I wrote this article was as follows:
The sun may be shining, but as true Canadians, many families are probably craving some time on the ice! Earl Nichols offers recreational public skating in the spring and summer. Public skates are held on Sundays from 2pm until 3:45pm until August 31st.
Earl Nichols Arena is located at 799 Homeview Road.
Public skating prices are as follows:
-Adult: (18-54) $4.25
-Children: (12 and under) $3.25
-Youth: (13-17) $3.50
-Family: (with up to 2 related adults) $8.00
-Seniors (55+): $3.50
Admission prices must be paid in cash only.
It is important to note that children 5 and under are required to wear a CSA approved helmet.
Are you looking to learn some new cooking techniques, try some new recipes, meet some new people, or just spend some quality kitchen time in an exciting new setting with your child? Presidents Choice cooking classes are a fun way to do all these things. Next time you want to put a fun and interactive spin on going out to dinner, check out the many cooking classes held at London Loblaws and Real Canadian Superstore locations. You’re sure to leave the classes with a tasty new recipe and a full stomach.
You can choose from various categories including teen classes (ages 11 to 17), kids classes (ages 3 to 11) and adult classes. There is sure to be a class for everyone with ones like Strawberry Treats, Sushi 101, Campefire Grill, Crazy About Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough, Pasta-Palooza, and more.
You can find class schedules and register online here. The classes vary in price from $9.00 to $20.00 per person. Classes are anywhere between 1 hour and 3 hours long.
Classes are available at the following locations:
Check out the link below and take London’s Best Kept Secrets quiz for a chance to win the following:
-family pass to London Children’s Museum
-family pass to the Ontario Museum of Archeology
-family pass to Fanshawe Pioneer Village
-$50 Bon Appetit gift card courtesy of the Royal Canadian Regiment Museum
-$50 Tim Hortons gift card courtesy of the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame
Simply answer 5 multiple choice questions pertaining to some London trivia and fill out the entry form. Contest ends August 9th and a winner will be drawn on August 11th.
When the whole family has had enough of the scorching sun this summer, a great way to cool down is to head to the pool. Admission prices for London pools are as follows:
|Child (17 and under)||$3.50|
|Adult (18 – 54 years)||$5.00|
|Child (17 and under)||$2.50|
|Adult (18 and older)||$4.25|
Parent and Tot swims and Family swims are a great way to hit the pool with your family without having to pay for all attendees. For big families, a day at the pool could result in a pretty hefty fee! Here is some information on Parent and Tot swims and Family swims. Don’t forget, there’s always Tim Hortons free swims, too!
Parent and Tot swims
Pay the admission of the child only
-Westminster Outdoor Pool
Monday and Wednesday from 11:30am to 12:30pm
Pay $13.25 for a family consisting of two parents and up to 4 children
-Carling Heights Optimist C.C. Pool
Sundays from 1:30pm to 3:00pm
-South London Community Pool
Sundays from 1pm to 2:30pm
The Middlesex-London Health unit offers a variety of free parenting groups and classes. These are great for parents who have some questions or need some support. Whether you’re expecting a baby, just beginning motherhood, or raising a teenager, there is a class for parents with children of all ages. There are three different categories of classes and groups:
Preparing for Parenthood
This prenatal class is for pregnant women and their partners. It is meant to help make the transition to parenthood as smooth as possible and provide parents with the information they need. Learn about community resources, time management, sleep deprivation, effective communication with your partner, making time for yourself, and more. The class is facilitated by a public health nurse and a male facilitator with expertise in family dynamics. This class is held once each month.
This is a 4-week program for first-time moms and their babies aged 0-6 months. This is a relaxed and supportive environment where moms and their babies can meet others, share their stories, learn some new things, be made aware of community resources, and ask whatever questions they may have. Topics may include sleeping, crying, development, growth, nutrition, safety, transition to parenting, and more. There are numerous 4-week blocks that are offered from now until December.
Triple P (Positive Parenting Program)
This is a program that supports parents through their many challenges, no matter what it might be. These groups are offered at a one-on-one level, small group, or larger group setting. There are categories for parents of children in numerous stages, including children 1-5, 2-5, 5-12, and 12-18. Classes vary depending on the child’s age. For example, there is a class on developing good bedtime routines for children ages 2-5, and dealing with rudeness and disrespect for children ages 12-18.
Do you love thrifting? I know I sure do! You never know what treasures you’re going to stumble upon while browsing through a thrift store. Additionally, it doesn’t hurt that thrift stores are easy on the wallet, too! On July 31st, London, St. Thomas, and Woodstock Goodwill locations are having a 50% off sale on all items. Even the Goodwill bookstores are participating, however the Goodwill Outlet is not. Additionally, Family Values Thrift Shop is also having a 50% ff sale on all items July 31st and August 1st! Here is a list of the thrift shop locations and hours for that day so that you can swing by and take a look. Happy thrifting!
Be sure to check out our events page for a list of numerous exciting events that are taking place throughout London this weekend! Of note are the following:
ROCK2STOCK The London Food Bank
ROCK2STOCK is a 2 night event of music and prizes. This event is taking place July 25th and 26th from 9pm to 3am at the APK. The London Food Bank, 331 Arts, and the APK are teaming up to aid needy families who could use a helping hand. This event is for those aged 19 and older. For more information and a complete schedule, click here.
The cost for this event is $5 with a donation or $7 without. Tickets cannot be purchased in advance so be sure to come early to the event to grab yours. For every extra item you donate, you will receive a raffle tickets that will make you eligible for prizes from local bands and businesses.
Wilfrid Jury Archaeology Day
Be an archaeologist for a day at the Ontario Museum of Archeology on Saturday, July the 26th! There will be lots of hands on activities for the whole family. Simulated excavation, guided tours, underwater archaeology demonstration, artifact handling and more! You will get a chance to ask questions to a real archaeologist, make crafts, and more!
The cost for this event is $10 and it is recommended for those ages 12 and up. For more information and to reserve your spot, click here.
Kids CBC Live at Storybook Gardens
On Saturday, July 26th, Kids CBC Live will be at Storybook Gardens! There will be a special performance by TV host Patty and television characters BO on the GO and Super Why. There performance will occur at the Village stage at 2pm. After the show, stick around to meet Patty and her friends, and enjoy the CBC Kids free activity station. Purchase of a pass into the gardens is all that is required.
Laser tag is a recreational activity where players attempt to tag each other with a handheld infrared-emitting device. The goal is hit the target that their opponents are wearing or targets that are dispersed throughout the dark maze of a course. You can play every player for themselves or you can have teams. The person or team with the most hits, which are converted into points, in the end wins! It is a fun activity that is highly entertaining and adrenaline-pumping! The best part is, this is an activity that adults and children can enjoy together! Laser tag is offered in London at various locations.